January 25, 2012
Mrs. Glenys L. (Savary) Symonds, 78, of Cascade, Md., died Tuesday evening, Jan. 24, 2012, in the Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. She had been in failing health for the past month. Born Oct. 4, 1933, in Malden, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Robert and Enid (Field) Savary. She lived her early life in Malden. She and her husband, the late Raymond F. “Fred” Symonds, were married Nov. 11, 1951, in Malden. They moved to their home in Cascade in November 1969.
January 2, 2012
As 2011 drew to a close, The Herald-Mail took a look back at some of the stories we wrote about during the year. These are the final stories, which provide a glimpse of the story, and what happened next. Fort Ritchie awaits impact report The story: Agent Orange was among the herbicides tested at the former Fort Ritchie Army base in 1963, according to U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs documents that surfaced in February.
December 21, 2011
Maryland and Pennsylvania residents teamed up with Fort Ritchie Community Center to collect clothing, food and other items for the less fortunate in our area. The Cascade-based center sponsored its fourth annual Charity Week from Sunday, Dec. 4, through Saturday, Dec. 10. Area residents collected bags of gloves and mittens, toys, boxes of food, items for nursing homes, pet supplies, baby items and more than 50 coats. The goods were all collected at the center, which then distributed them to various nonprofit groups in the area.
December 20, 2011
Maryland and Pennsylvania residents teamed up with the Fort Ritchie Community Center again this year to collect clothing, food and other items for those less fortunate. The Cascade-based center sponsored its fourth annual Christmas Charity Week Dec. 4 to 10. Area residents collected more than 50 coats, several bags of gloves and mittens, a multitude of toys, boxes of nonperishable food, items for nursing homes, pet supplies and baby supplies. The goods were all collected at the center, which then distributed them to various nonprofit groups in the area.
November 7, 2011
Officials solicited public input Monday on the cleanup of munitions and groundwater contamination at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base. The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a five-year review of the remedies set for removing contaminates from groundwater at the area known as the motorpool, and for removing unexploded ordnance from the former base. A review of the remedies is required every five years until the former base is released for unrestricted use, said Joseph Pearson, the Army Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
November 4, 2011
Fort Ritchie Community Center Health Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. A variety of health information and screenings will be available. There will also be demonstrations of exercise classes, prize drawings and food. For more information, call 301-241-5085 or go to www.thefrcc.org .
August 18, 2011
Mountaintop Community Churches, One Mountain Foundation, and Fort Ritchie Community Center are hosting a remembrance service on Patriot's Day, Sept. 11. The service begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Fort Ritchie Community Center on Lake Royer Drive in Cascade. The purpose of the service is to remember and reflect on the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001, to honor America and to honor local community first responders, to unite in patriotic music and with those still grieving, and to collectively join in prayer for our nation.
June 13, 2011
The real estate market might remain in the doldrums for a few more years, new development has been stopped by a lawsuit and the work force has been reduced, but an official with Corporate Office Properties Trust said Monday his company is in for the long run at Fort Ritchie. “It's a property we've bought and a property we have a long-term vision to develop,” COPT Senior Vice President for Government Services Charles J. Fiala Jr. said after PenMar Development Corp.'s monthly meeting in the Fort Ritchie Community Center.
June 9, 2011
The developer of Fort Ritchie will lay off six employees and stop contributing financially to the former Army post's community center at the end of the year, company officials said Thursday. With litigation still pending concerning the environmental impact of development plans for the site, Corporate Office Properties Trust officials have decided to cut more than half of its local workforce there, spokeswoman Stephanie Krewson said. The Army base in Washington County was closed in 1998 and has been transferred to the Columbia, Md.-based company, which plans a development that includes 1.7 million square feet of office space and 673 homes and apartments.
May 15, 2011
DEC. 26, 1916-MAY 13, 2011 Mildred Myers (MacNamee) Benchoff, 94, of Williamsport, formerly of Cascade, passed away Friday, May 13, 2011, at Williamsport Nursing Home. Born Dec. 26, 1916, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Pierce and Helen (Nail) MacNamee. Mildred retired from Fort Ritchie as a senior accounting supervisor. Prior to that, she worked in the accounting department at Sharrett Motors. She was a member of Salem Reformed Church in Hagerstown.